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HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for fans, performers and producers of contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.

This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. HEAR Now presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

The 2017 HEAR Now Festival will again be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2017 Hear Now Festival.

The following schedule is still ’under construction’ and subject to updates prior to June 6, 2017.
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Friday, June 9 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
NATF Playhouse: Downtown Abbey

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From Season 2, Episode 1 of community radio KZMU (UTAH) comes the further adventures of Edward Abbey's fifth cousin twice removed, mover and shaker in a Moab of an alternative universe. With singing commercials, aliens, apocalypse seekers, runaway dogs and a sewer crisis, and featuring a cast of locals ages 6 to 70.

Christy Dunton, Program Director from rural community radio station KZMU's will be on hand to discuss how the station's being defunded last year by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for being "too small,"  led to live, original radio theatre is our way of raising awareness about the station and a little money besides.

Station Manager Marty Durlin has been writing and producing musical plays since 1977. In 2016 she won an Honorable Mention from the Mark Time Awards for Downton Abbey.


Friday June 9, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

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